Thailand 2015/16 Brochure

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THAILAND

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THAILAND

If island hopping from one palm-fringed beach to the next is your idea of paradise, then Thailand is your nirvana. From pearlescent sands and azure waters, to lush jungles and imposing mountains, the landscape of this Buddhist nation beams as brightly as the locals’ warm smiles. Add to that lively cities, delicious cuisine and remote villages on the mainland, and you’ve got yourself one not to be missed destination. Front cover Doi Inthanon mountain, Chiang Mai Inside front cover Krabi island


CONTENTS Welcome to Creative Holidays

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Thailand map

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Reasons to visit Thailand

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Phuket

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Phi Phi Islands

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Krabi

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Khao Lak

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Koh Samui

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Koh Pha Ngan

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Bangkok

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Hua Hin

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Pattaya

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Chiang Mai

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Hotel features grid

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Hotel amenities KEY HOTEL FEATURES: Villa

Breakfast included

Kids’ Club

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Complimentary Wifi in rooms or public areas

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HOTEL RATINGS:

Very high standard of room appointment, equipment and furnishing with an extensive range of services and facilities supported by excellent service.

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TO THE COMMUNITY At Creative Holidays and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognise that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us. The Travel Corporation’s not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation works to help ensure

the environment and communities we visit are preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide and recently launched a new project partnership with WildAid, whose mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes, through public awareness campaigns and comprehensive marine protection. Creative Holidays is proud to be an active founder and supporter of TreadRight’s projects and work.

Well-appointed rooms, a comprehensive range of facilities such as food and beverage outlets and a high standard of service level.

Moderate standard of accommodation with a range of facilities and services.

This symbol is used where the accommodation, facilities and service falls between two categories. Ratings are provided for guidance only in comparing and selecting your accommodation and may be subject to change.

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Gulf of Thailand

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VIETNAM


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REASONS to v isit

THAILAND Colloquially referred to as the ‘land of smiles’, Thailand is a destination with something for everyone. With hundreds of islands dotted around its coastline, travellers can island hop between serene and untouched beaches, or enjoy iconic locations like Koh Phangan and Koh Phi Phi. The mainland’s also got plenty to offer; explore lush pastoral countryside, come face to face with exotic wildlife, visit sacred Buddhist temples or spend your days designer shopping.

IDYLLIC ISLANDS: There are hundreds of islands in Thailand, each with their own special appeal and all equally stunning with options for every budget. From the almost-untouched Koh Racha to lively Koh Pha Ngan, the islands offer sand, sun and snorkelling galore, plus whatever else it is you seek. In short, whichever island experience you’re after, you’ll find it in Thailand.

INCREDIBLE FOOD: Thailand’s delicious food is one of the key reasons travellers choose to return again and again. The tantalising aroma of traditional dishes like Tom Yum Goong and coconut sticky rice waft down the streets, and if you like to graze, you’ll find cheap and irresistible street food like chicken satay skewers and pad thai at your fingertips. 6 — Thailand

AN INTRIGUING PAST: Venture a couple of hours north from Bangkok and you’ll discover the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once the Kingdom of Siam and one of the wealthiest cities in the east before it was destroyed in 1767. Head West and you’ll find the famous Bridge over the River Kwai near Myanmar constructed during the second World War.


Island hopping

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CULTURAL ENLIGHTENMENT: Spend time chatting to the locals and you’ll see how Buddhism filters through into every facet of daily life in Thailand. From dealing with day to day issues, to celebrating religious festivals, the Thai people have a calming nature and unique view that makes more and more sense the longer you’re there.

Searching for tropical escapes, palm-peppered beaches and breathtaking scenery? Thailand is home to hundreds of islands across the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Plan your island hopping adventure and explore a handful of these east and west coast favourites.

ANDAMAN SEA The west coast of Thailand is renowned for its colourful coral, giant manta rays, and sparkling sunshine from November to April. Phuket is the biggest amongst the west coast group of islands and is a great base for exploring the smaller isles nearby. Islands not to be missed: Phuket, Phi Phi Islands, Koh Hae (Coral Island), Koh Racha, Koh Lanta, Koh Mook, Koh Ngai, Koh Radang, Krabi, Koh Yao Yai, Koh Yao Noi, Khao Lak and the limestone islets of Phang Nga Bay.

GULF OF THAILAND On the opposite coast, you’ll find islands like Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan that are known for having consistently pleasant weather due to their protected position. Bordered by Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, The Gulf of Thailand boasts crystal-clear azure water and amazing coral reefs, making it the perfect place for diving and snorkelling. WELCOMING LOCALS: Maybe it’s the warm weather and the delicious food, or maybe it’s their strong cultural identity, whatever the reason, Thai people are among some of the happiest in the world. You will be able to witness this on your travels and at the many colourful festivals throughout the year.

Islands not to be missed: Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao, the 42 islands of Mu Koh Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Kud, Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Chang and Koh Samet. Thailand — 7


Thailand

ITINERARIES

With our range of interesting itineraries to choose from you’ll see that there’s lots more to Thailand than just beautiful beaches.

THAILAND CLASSIC TOUR 5 nights from $1,093* per person The ideal tour for all first time visitors, this special adventure will have you falling in love with Thailand at first sight. DAY 1 – Phitsanulok: Take a scenic boat trip to Ayutthaya, the stunning former capital of Siam and largest city in the world in 1700. You’ll visit several temples and the ancient ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram. Continue to Wat Sakaeo temple, which also serves as a cultural and orphan care centre, before proceeding to Phitsanulok. DAY 2 – Lampang: Visit the ancient ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park. A short ride on a traditional ox-cart brings you to Wat Sri Chum with its gigantic Buddha statue. Upon arrival in Lampang, embark on a horse carriage ride through town to two interesting temples, each with its own architectural style and history: Wat Don Tao and Wat Pratu Phong. Also visit Baan Sao Nak, a 100-year old teakwood mansion.

CULINARY BANGKOK 4 nights from $1,561* per person This culinary journey is sure to satiate the appetite of every foodie with hands-on lessons and sumptuous meals. DAY 3 – Bangkok: After an early morning open air market trip, transfer back to Bangkok where you’ll proceed to the Grand Palace. After your visit, take a short walk along the famous amulet market to the boat pier and cross the river by ferry for lunch at Supatra River House. After lunch, explore vibrant China Town on foot, then be treated to some Chinese delicacies at Silver Palace Restaurant, famous for it’s Peking duck.

DAY 1 – Bangkok: Enjoy a short walk to Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant to join a half day handson cooking class where you will learn to prepare four Thai dishes. In the evening, experience Bangkok at its best by cruising the historic Chao Phraya River aboard a beautifully restored rice barge, enjoying a sumptuous 10-course set meal, while enjoying views of illuminated landmarks along the river. DAY 2 – Nonthaburi: After breakfast, you’ll head to The Thai House Cookery School in Nonthaburi province. Your lesson will include brief lectures, ingredient preparation, hands-on cooking demonstrations and time for questions and discussion. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your success by eating in the relaxed environment of The Thai House Cookery School.

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DAY 4 – Bangkok: Travel to one of the least visited fishing villages of Thailand by train, across the mighty Chao Phraya River. The scenic journey takes you to Mahachai, the largest fresh seafood market in Thailand. A weird and wonderful variety of local produce is sold here. After lunch, take a scenic boat trip along the river to learn how the Thai fishermen live and work. In the evening, enjoy dinner at Naj Exquisite Thai Cuisine. DAY 5: Enjoy breakfast in the hotel, before checking out at noon.

INCLUSIONS: • Twin-share accommodation • Transfers • Four breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners • Cooking classes • English speaking guide • Entrance fees • Train and boat tickets where specified

DAY 3 – Chiang Rai: Drive to the Golden Triangle, where you’ll enjoy lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle Hotel before taking a boat ride on the Mekong River (where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge). Continue to Mae Sai, the northernmost city bordering Myanmar, before staying overnight in Chiang Rai. DAY 4 – Chiang Mai: Depart early for Chiang Mai with a brief photo stop at the unusual Wat Rong Khun. Arrive in Chiang Mai at noon and check in at your hotel, before lunching at Empress Hotel. In the afternoon, visit Wat Doi Suthep, a famous landmark of the city, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056-metres. DAY 5 – on the train: Visit Mae Saa Elephant camp and watch the skilled elephants at work – rides are optional at an extra cost. Continue to an orchid farm for lunch, and then return to town and visit the handicraft villages in Sankampheng. Transfer to Chiang Mai Railway Station and depart by second class air-conditioned train with sleeping berth. DAY 6: Arrive at Bangkok Railway Station in the early morning and transfer to your next destination.

INCLUSIONS: • Twin-share accommodation • Transfers • Meals where specified • English speaking guide • Entrance fees • Train ticket where specified


Photo: Lake House

SANGKLABURI LAKE HOUSE ADVENTURE 4 nights from $612* per person Immerse yourself in this new experience, which offers a balanced getaway of adventure and relaxation on a floating house on Khao Laem Lake. DAY 1 – Sangklaburi: Head into the mountains and lush forest, close to the border of Burma, to embark the Lake House, a floating hideaway which anchors at a new place every day. While sailing to your anchorage for the night, enjoy a drink (or two) at the bar and lay back to enjoy the first of many sunsets.

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DAY 2 – Sangklaburi: After breakfast you have the opportunity to join a short trek through the jungle to a small waterfall where you’re free to swim at leisure. Return to the Lake House for lunch, before sailing to Coconut Island. In the afternoon, return to the boat and continue the journey to the site where the floating house will be anchored for the night. Time to play in the water, do some fishing, kayak around the lake, or just relax and read a book. DAY 3 – Sangklaburi: In the morning you’ll have time to kayak in between the steep cliffs in a secret bay before leaving for another scenic spot late morning. The boat will slowly move up the lake around noon towards the final destination for the night, where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the fine scenery. DAY 4 – Sangklaburi: On the way back to Sangklaburi, stop to visit some breathtaking caves (if the water level permits). Lunch will be served around noon, while the Lake House slowly moves further towards Sangklaburi. In the afternoon, visit a secret temple that only few locals know about, and then return to the Lake House where you’ll have free time to try kayaking to the underwater temple. How much you will be able to see of the temple depends on the season and water level in the lake. DAY 5: Disembark the houseboat by 9am and travel to the home of the majestic elephants, where you’ll enjoy a ride through the jungle. Next, float down the river on bamboo rafts, marveling at the natural scenery, before being transported to your guesthouse.

INCLUSIONS: • Twin-share accommodation • Transfers • Four breakfasts, five lunches, five dinners • English speaking guide • Entrance fees

KHAO YAI WINE TRAILS 1 night from $430* per person This comprehensive cycling tour has been designed for the discerning traveller who enjoys the countryside, quality food and wine. DAY 1 – Asoke Valley: Arrive at Bonya Lit temple and commence a bike ride along a quiet, country road before reaching Khao Yai Winery for lunch (complemented with a glass of wine, or course!). Take a tour of the vineyard before jumping back on your bike and cycling to your resort where you can enjoy dinner and a well-deserved rest. DAY 2: After breakfast you’ll cycle down quiet roads to Wat Tam Tien. Here, you’ll climb the 145 steps to the cave to explore, before jumping back on your bike and riding through sugar cane fields to Prapatsorn grape farm. Taste the local grapes and challenge yourself with a strenuous walk to the base of the gigantic Buddha statue that sits on the hill, where the views will impress. Relish a hearty lunch at a dairy co-op (where you can sample delicious ice cream!) before heading back to Bangkok.

INCLUSIONS: • Twin-share accommodation • Transfers • Bike hire and accident insurance • One breakfast, two lunches, one dinner • English speaking cycle guide • Entrance fees • Wine tasting

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SUWAN MACHA CRUISE 3 nights from $975* per person Laze under the picture perfect blue skies with azure waters and breathtaking islands gliding past, as you sip a cocktail and marvel at your surrounds on this spectacular cruise. DAY 1 – Phi Phi: Board the oriental yacht Suwan Macha from Phi Phi Island and travel to Phi Phi Lay to explore the Maya Bat Cave (made famous by the film, The Beach). Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay onboard. DAY 2 – Krabi: After breakfast, cruise the islands between Phi Phi and Krabi with snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay onboard. DAY 3 – Phang Nga: After breakfast on deck, enjoy a spectacular ride amongst the mangroves and hidden lagoons. Spend the afternoon in the clear blue waters of Krabi or take to a deserted white sand beach to enjoy your own private sunbathing. The sunset is yours to enjoy on deck with a succulent feast of Thai cuisine and an overnight stay on board Suwan Macha at anchor. DAY 4: After breakfast onboard, cruise back to Phuket Yacht Haven marina, where you will disembark around 11am.

Photo: Suwan Macha

INCLUSIONS: • Twin-share accommodation • Transfers • Three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners • English speaking guide • Entrance fees

TRANG ISLAND HOPPING DAY 2 – Koh Libong: Today you’ll visit one of Trang’s highlights, “Tham Morakhot”, the Emerald Cave on Koh Mook. Approaching the western cliffs of the island, you’ll enter by swimming through a small tunnel that zigzags for some 80-metres through solid rock, before emerging into an enchanting small lagoon, totally surrounded by towering cliffs, abundant vegetation and a small beach. Overnight on Koh Libong.

5 nights from $1,292* per person Explore the undiscovered islands of the south on this magical expedition. DAY 1 – Koh Mook: Visit Koh Mah and Koh Chueack for sightseeing and snorkelling, boasting abundant colorful fish and soft corals. Next stop is at Koh Ngai, where you can relax, take a walk along the long stretch of beach, sunbathe or snorkel straight from the beach. Overnight on Koh Mook.

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DAY 3 – Koh Sukorn: Today’s first stop is the unknown Koh Takieng with its gorgeous reef, isolated beach and lighthouse. Next stop, the beautiful twin islands of Koh Lao Liang. Under the high limestone cliffs and on the beach you’ll visit the temporary fisherman village with whom together you’ll prepare a picnic style lunch and enjoy the freshly caught delicious crabs and other seafood. After a refreshing swim, you’ll then head to Koh Sukorn, where you’ll stay the coming three nights. DAY 4 – Koh Sukorn: Embark on a Sukorn Island Tour, where lunch will be served in a typical southern Thai private house. Enjoy the rest of your stay at leisure, exploring Koh Sukorn’s villages, small local crab-market and mixing with the locals.

DAY 5 – Koh Sukorn: Spend the day at leisure, taking advantage of the resort’s recreational facilities like motor and mountain bike rental, fishing tours, sailing boats, kayaking, beach umbrellas or a Thai massage. DAY 6: Enjoy breakfast at the resort before being transferred back to Trang by private car and boat.

INCLUSIONS: • Twin-share accommodation • Transfers • Daily breakfast, two lunches • English speaking guide • Private longtail chartered boat + fishing/snorkelling gear • Entrance fees


ELEPHANT HILLS JUNGLE LAKE SAFARI 3 nights from $1,053* per person Get in touch with nature and up close with some of the world’s most beautiful creatures on this once in a lifetime, three-night expedition. DAY 1 – Cheow Larn Lake: Transfer to Koh Sok, observing rural life en route, before reaching Elephant Hills Camp. After a buffet lunch, head out on a canoe trip down the Sok River, passing limestone cliffs until you reach the elephant sanctuary. Learn, observe and interact with the majestic creatures (including feeding them) during this unique experience, before returning to your luxury safari tent.

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DAY 2 – Cheow Larn Lake: In a longtail boat you will explore Cheow Larn Lake, a habitat for wild elephants, hornbills and hundreds of other tropical birds, various monkey species, amphibians, reptiles and even tigers and leopards. Take your time to marvel at the majestic mountains rising out of the water and experience nature at its best. Overnight at the floating Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, situated in the heart of the national park. DAY 3 – Cheow Larn Lake: After breakfast your guide will invite you to join in on a guided canoe safari into the little channels of Cheow Larn Lake. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, swimming in the emerald waters of the lake, canoeing or simply sipping a cocktail.

ELEPHANT HILLS BEACH & R AINFOREST NATURE SAFARI 3 nights from $870* per person Dip your toes in the waters of a secluded beach before experiencing the wondrous surrounds of the Elephant Hills Camp on this three-night adventure.

DAY 4: Wake up to the sounds of Gibbons calling high up in the trees, whilst the clearing mist unveils the true beauty of the lake. Before travelling on, the last lunch is served at the floating tented camp, and then it’s time to return to the pier and move on to your next destination.

DAY 1 – Cheow Larn Lake: Transfer to the Phang Nga province, observing rubber and oil plantations en route, before boarding a speedboat near Takua Pa to explore the mangrove forest. Continue on in a traditional Burmese junk, which will cruise by tropical wildlife and untouched nature. Spend the afternoon on a deserted beach, swimming, relaxing or paddling a canoe. Stop at a local market on your way back to your camp at Elephant Hills.

INCLUSIONS: • Twin-share accommodation • Transfers • All meals • English speaking guide • Entrance fees

DAY 2 – Cheow Larn Lake: In the morning, head over to the elephant sanctuary where you’ll see, touch and learn about the life of Thai elephants and the sanctuary’s conservation efforts. After lunch, relax on a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River passing a world that has changed little in thousands of years. In the late afternoon return to Elephant Hills for dinner and overnight in your luxury tent, taking advantage of the nightly activities on offer. DAY 3 – Cheow Larn Lake: Today you will explore Cheow Larn Lake by local longtail boat. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from the boat and enjoy a dip in the lake’s emerald water. Relish lunch at the local raft house, before retiring to your deluxe accommodation for the night. DAY 4: Explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rainforests on a jungle trek. Lunch will be served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers from past centuries. Return to camp around noon and journey onwards to your next destination.

INCLUSIONS: • Twin-share accommodation • Transfers • All meals • English speaking guide • Entrance fees

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PHUKET

The island of Phuket is the perfect base for all travellers. With stunning beaches, limestone cliffs and nearby islands to explore you can do as much or as little as you please. For rest and relaxation, the quieter side of the island features private beaches, exclusive beach clubs and chilled out dining options, while fun filled nights can be had on Bangla Road in Pattong. Photo: TAT

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Banthai Beach Resort Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket Centara Karon Resort Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa dusitD2 Phuket Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa Horizon Patong Beach Resort & Spa

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Indigo Pearl Resort JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Kata Beach Resort and Spa Katathani Phuket Beach Resort Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort Merlin Beach Resort Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach Novotel Phuket Resort Novotel Phuket Vintage Park

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Patong Beach Hotel Patong Merlin Hotel Patong Resort Hotel Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa Point Yamu by COMO Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Sunprime Kamala Beach Resort The Kee Resort & Spa

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LOCAL tips • For a different look at the island, visit Old Phuket Town to appreciate the unique Sino-Portuguese architecture along Dibuk, Thalang and Krabi roads. Some of the streets are lined with 100-year old shop-houses that were built during the tin mining boom about 100-years ago. It’s best to go early in the morning or later in the day to escape the heat. • Make sure you stop in at Raya Restaurant, it’s regularly frequented by A-list movie stars, prime ministers and royalty, yet remains cheap and delicious. • Step out of your food comfort zone at Rawai Markets, a local market that is jam packed with delicious traditional food and fresh produce. Try the deep fried insects if you dare! • Book a day trip with Creative Holidays out to Phang Nga Bay for some serious island time, spend the day diving off your boat or get active on a kayaking tour (and make a pit stop for fresh coconut refreshments). • KIDS WILL LOVE: Zorbing at Rollerball, a 190-metre descent inside a giant flexible plastic ball.

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THINGS to do

OUR TOP 5 in Phuket

The vibrant island of Phuket is the perfect place to relax, while offering exhilarating activities in some of the most beautiful areas in Thailand.

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1. Phuket FantaSea Inspired by Thailand’s rich, exotic heritage, Phuket FantaSea not only showcases the charm of Thailand, but also enriches ancient Thai traditions with cutting edge technology. The result is a stunning 140-acre theme park, packed with a multitude of activities: a festival village with carnivals, handicrafts and shopping, a 4,000-seat restaurant serving a grand Thai fusion buffet, and a breathtaking Vegas-style theatrical extravaganza, where state-of-the-art special effects will delight the whole family.

2. Phi Phi Island by Speedboat Discover the gems of the picture perfect Phi Phi Islands by super-sleek speedboat. Departing at 9am, you’ll cruise to Phi Phi Leh and explore the magical Maya Bay (where Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’ was filmed). Enjoy snorkelling at Lho Sa Mah Bay and sightseeing at Pileh Cove, Ton Sai Bay and Khai Nai Island, then recharge with a beachside lunch.

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4. A Day In The Islands Spend the day exploring the infinite bay, filled with pristine islands, white sand beaches, tropical wildlife and exquisite coral reefs. Begin your journey on traditional longtail boats with kayaks in tow, and discover this majestic part of the world with a knowledgeable local guide. Immerse yourself in the Thai fishing village culture and travel through the bay, past dramatic limestone cliffs all the way to Krabi. Lunch and transfers included.

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After a scenic drive with views of some of Phuket’s beautiful beaches you’ll arrive at an elephant camp and enjoy a short elephant ride through the tropical landscape. Visit the stunning “Big Buddha and enjoy the view over Chalong Bay and Southern Phuket. Then proceed to Wat Chalong, Phuket’s most revered monastery before visiting a Cashew nut factory and Phuket’s oldest Chinese temple. Complete your day with a visit to a 100 years old Chinese mansion in town, seen in famous movies such as “Young Indiana Jones”, “The Killing Fields” and “Heaven and Earth”.

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Explore the mysterious sea caves of Phang Nga Bay and natural wonders of the Hong Islands on a sunset canoe tour. You’ll spend an exhilarating afternoon paddling through hushed, naturally lit cave systems, swimming in bright blue lagoons, and admiring an unrivalled view of the sunset. But there’s more exploring to be done after dark – the no-torches Hong cave paddle is an experience you’ll never forget, with stargazing and a sumptuous Thai seafood buffet waiting for you on the boat ride back to Phuket.


PHUKET HOTELS

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TIP: “Riding in a tuk tuk is all a part of the fun when visiting Thailand – just remember to agree on the fare before your trip and always barter with the price!” Alison Culture buff

Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort This renowned luxury chain offers up a quintessential island escape that’s perfect for the whole family. Why we love it: 15-minutes from bustling Patong, this stylish cove hideaway sits on 40 acres of tropical greenery with a 500-metre secluded beach. Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort boasts sophisticated rooms and suites, an array of dining experiences, a kids’ club, award-winning spa, two gigantic pools, and sports and recreations venues. Style: Sleek Atmosphere: Fun Don’t leave without experiencing: A two-hour Thai culinary class with top chefs, held every Monday and Thursday.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Merlin Beach Resort Hidden away on Tri-Trang Beach, Merlin Beach Resort is a heavenly retreat for the whole family, with endless kids’ activities and breezy, modern suites opening right on to the pool. Why we love it: This laid-back family favourite has been created with one thing in mind: relaxation. Waterslides, playgrounds and fun filled kids’ club activities will keep the young ones happy, while pampered parents can enjoy cocktails by one of three pools or a memorable massage right by the beach. Style: Tropical Atmosphere: Laid-back Don’t leave without experiencing: Delicious ocean views and fresh fish at the Mediterranean-style seafood restaurant, At Sea. From

103*

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Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa Perched on Patong’s lush seaside mountains, the tranquil Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa is a heavenly escape from the daily grind. Why we love it: Fusing the romance of traditional Thai aesthetic with modern design, this peaceful resort celebrates its naturally stunning locality on Patong’s rugged coast. Wake up in your own elegant suite with treated timber interiors, and then enjoy three glorious swimming pools, seven eclectic dining experiences and outstandingly friendly staff. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Relaxing Don’t leave without experiencing: The resort’s own private beach, just 20 minutes away on one of the free shuttles.

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Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa Magnificent beach-view swimming pools, exquisitely appointed rooms and a popular bowling alley will make your stay at Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa simply unforgettable. Why we love it: A beachfront paradise with all the trimmings, this luxury resort provides a tranquil getaway from the daily routine. With 600 spacious suites and guest rooms, the heavenly Grace Spa, stunning bars and restaurants, plus four grand swimming pools, this beautifully designed Patong resort ticks all the right boxes. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Serene Don’t leave without experiencing: An afternoon at the hip rooftop View Bar sipping a signature cocktail and watching the stunning sunset.

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The Kee Resort & Spa One of Patong’s trendiest places to stay, The Kee Resort & Spa effortlessly impresses with Sino-Portuguese décor, a panoramic rooftop bar and outstanding Eurasian cuisine. Why we love it: A truly modern architectural gem, this trendy 244-key resort attracts fun-loving families, solo travellers and stylish couples alike. The brainchild of the late Ama Siu Gee, the resort pays contemporary homage to its rich heritage, with Eurasian tapas, panoramic sky lounges and its own shopping complex of local designers. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Hip Don’t leave without experiencing: Peking duck spring rolls and creative cocktails at the panoramic Kee Sky Lounge overlooking Patong Beach. From

63*

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dusitD2 Phuket Resort Boasting one of the best locations in Patong, this clean, quiet and elegant hotel is the perfect refresher between island escapes; the staff are friendly and warm. Why we love it: Architecturally structured around a sprawling, crystal clear pool with swim-up bar, you’ll be constantly diving in between adventures in busy Patong Beach. With an onsite Kids’ Club and extremely spacious rooms, dusitD2 Phuket Resort is a modern haven to refresh between outings, with its own happening bars to boot. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Peaceful Don’t leave without experiencing: A lazy day by the rooftop swimming pool, followed by lunch at Flavours restaurant. From

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Novotel Phuket Resort A fusion of authentic Thai style and modern elegance, Novotel Phuket Resort is the ultimate resort destination: a palatial paradise overlooking Patong. Why we love it: A harmonious blend of classical Thai architecture and contemporary design, the fresh-faced Novotel is a perfect fusion of exotic locality and creature comforts. With 215 authentically detailed rooms, a threetiered swimming pool, three restaurants and two bars and a bursting activity program, this fully stocked resort tops it off with some of the best views on the island. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Relaxed Don’t leave without experiencing: Live jazz and predinner drinks at the teakwood-clad bar, The Hourglass.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Sleek, modern interior design meets Southeast Asian architecture at the Novotel Phuket Vintage Park, a laidback sanctuary in the heart of bustling Patong. Why we love it: Whether you’re yearning to dance the night away or spend long afternoons sunbathing by the pool, the Novotel team designed this contemporary Thai stay for fun-lovers who appreciate a little down time. Take it easy with delicious cocktails by the pool, and then kick off your Patong partying at the liveliest lobby lounge around. Style: Contemporary Thai Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: Pre-party drinks at the happening Night Blooming Lobby Lounge.

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Patong Beach Hotel East meets West in the architecture, cuisine and hospitality of the cosmopolitan Patong Beach Hotel, boasting diverse culinary choices and a buzzing nightlife of its own. Why we love it: Contemporary furnishings, bold colours and manicured open air chill out areas make every inch of this beachfront hotel a joy to kick back and relax in. Choose from a smorgasbord of dining options, explore vibrant local markets mere steps away, or dance until the wee hours at the resort’s Banana Discothèque. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: Traditional Thai cuisine at the Papaya Thai Village restaurant.

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Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Living up to the Holiday Inn’s renowned family friendly reputation, this Phuket resort has something for everyone. It’s a warm Thai welcome right in the heart of Patong. Why we love it: It boasts an array of tailored rooms and elegant villas over two distinctive wings, the contemporary Main Wing and the luxury Thai-style Busakorn Wing, featuring pool views. Kids even get their own pirate-themed suites, complete with bunk beds and electronic games. Enjoy multiple pools (with jacuzzi beds), an aquatic-themed kids’ club and one of the best spas in South East Asia. Style: Luxurious fun Atmosphere: Family friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: The superb buffet experience at the authentic Charm Thai Restaurant.

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Banthai Beach Resort Contemporary, sleek design meets exotic Thai splendour at the luxurious Banthai Beach Resort, situated amidst five acres of lush gardens in the heart of Patong Beach. Why we love it: With beautifully appointed rooms, exquisite design and three large freeform swimming pools on offer, you’ll never want to leave this tropical wonderland. Treat yourself to multiple swim-up bars, jacuzzis, a hotel spa and saunas, and even a shopping plaza, all run with heartfelt service. It’s a perfect option for those keen to relax or explore the vivid delights of Patong. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Tranquil Don’t leave without experiencing: At least one pampering treatment at the onsite Spanakarn Spa. From

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Patong Merlin Hotel An indulgent hideaway on Phuket’s bustling west coast, where the whole family can enjoy an exotic island retreat, served with impeccable hospitality. Why we love it: Set amidst eight acres of coconut gardens right by Patong Beach, Patong Merlin Hotel is the perfect island time out. Service is at the highest standard and the amenities will keep your days fully stocked: four sprawling swimming pools (one equipped with a swim-up bar), a serene spa and kids’ club, plus five unique dining spots, and that’s just the start. Style: Exotic Atmosphere: Family friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: A refreshing, natural treatment for two at the peaceful Merlin Spa.

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Horizon Patong Beach Resort & Spa Bursting with lush coconut palms and dotted with poolside timber deck chairs, this chilled out resort is a heavenly hideaway just across from the happening Patong Beach. Why we love it: Whether you’re after a peaceful beach retreat or an action-packed adventure, Horizon Patong Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect haven for all types of traveller. Chill seekers can enjoy the outdoor steam and shower garden of Marradok Spa, or those wanting to amp it up can plunge into the crystal clear swimming pools, or head out to explore Phuket’s many sights. Style: Tropical Atmosphere: Relaxed Don’t leave without experiencing: A soothing, therapeutic massage by the pool in an open air Spa Hut.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Patong Resort Hotel An elegant high-rise of modern rooms, the stylish Patong Resort Hotel overlooking Patong Bay lets you play every inch the glamorous traveller. Why we love it: A sophisticated hotel within steps of bustling Bangla Road, Patong Resort Hotel is the perfect base for exploring lively Patong. Boasting modern ChinoPortuguese architecture, deliciously eclectic cuisine and your ticket to elephant rides and day trips, adventure seekers will find this resort a restful retreat at the end of the day. Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Action-packed Don’t leave without experiencing: Fresh nigiri and sashimi from the quirky poolside Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar.

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KARON & KATA

Relax on two of Phuket’s most stunning beaches, Karon and Kata, where you can hang out with the family or honeymoon in peace. Down the coast from bustling Patong, these standout resorts boast all the island adventures and relaxation you could ask for.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

A mouthwatering island indulgence, ice cream legends Mövenpick have created a traditional Thai escape with all your cravings satisfied. This is a truly wonderful spa resort.

Directly located at the most secluded area of Karon beach, the landscaped grounds of Centara Grand Beach Resort host an aquatic wonderland of waterslides, waterfalls and swimming pools.

Nestled right on the shores of the secluded Kata Noi Bay, this thoughtful paradise is perfect for those seeking both time for fun and for relaxing on one of the world’s most picture perfect beaches.

Why we love it: Contemporary Swiss design meets traditional Thai flair at this tropical treat, a perfect blend of tranquillity and comfort, just steps from from Karon Beach. Expect sleek, ocean view rooms, a cult status breakfast buffet, charming swim-up bar and for those who want to splurge, a Penthouse suite with its own private rooftop plunge pool.

Why we love it: Inspired by 19th-century Sino-Portuguese architecture, this stylish resort features an extensive waterpark, including four swimming pools, a lazy river, and leisure boats for hire. The elegant rooms boast breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea, and the award-winning SPA Cenvaree offers therapeutic treatments.

Why we love it: Sitting pretty on the stunning Kata Beach, this resort is perfect for those wanting to rejuvenate the senses. The six swimming pools are designated for relaxing and playing, and are the perfect spot for sipping cocktails. When you’re feeling energetic, get involved in the swag of activities the hotel has on offer.

Style: Sleek Atmosphere: Relaxed

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Style: Contemporary Thai Atmosphere: Serene

Don’t leave without experiencing: • The hugely popular breakfast buffet at Pacifica restaurant. You’re guaranteed to crave seconds and thirds. • A classic Mövenpick ice cream on the beach at the sandy floored Cafe Studio. • An invigorating, traditional Thai massage at the world class Wellness Facility.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • A fresh, tropical cocktail and lazy lunch at The Beachcomber bar on the sand. • A blissful tube float down the man-made river connecting the four pools. • Your very own jacuzzi on the balcony, best enjoyed at sunset with a glass of bubbly.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • Tantalising seafood and live music on Pirates Night on Saturdays at the waterfront Fisherman’s Wharf. • The rooftop jacuzzi at the Tew Son Spa, which is a haven of relaxation. • A day trip on the Andaman Sea, visit neighbouring islands on the resort’s luxury 36-foot yacht.

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Kata Beach Resort & Spa

Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa

Centara Karon Resort Phuket

With luscious, tropical grounds, wine bars, seafood restaurants and a gorgeous spa, Kata Beach Resort & Spa is a well-stocked hideaway just far enough away from Patong’s busy main strip.

Set back from the shores of Karon Beach, this contemporary Asian hideaway is perfect for those wanting their own private piece of paradise – with or without the family.

Pick and choose your own holiday style at this family friendly Karon Beach resort, with a staggering range of room options for families, friends, solo travellers and couples alike.

Why we love it: For a quintessentially indulgent resort getaway, Kata Beach Resort & Spa is a muststay. Privacy and pampering are paramount at this beautifully finished Thai resort, where sun seekers can enjoy a multitude of swimming and diving facilities and foodies are spoiled for choice with wine cellars and eclectic eateries.

Why we love it: This luxury resort is comprised of two wings, each surrounded by nature and with its own pool complex. Specially designed for families, the Horizon Wing offers two large swimming pools, a swim-up pool bar, separate baby pool and kids’ club, while the Club Wing is an idyllic hideaway for adults only to escape.

Why we love it: With 316 rooms, 19 villas and six bars and restaurants spread over four unique zones, this prestigious resort can be tailored to every travel style. Honeymooners love The Terraces, families can chill out at The Lagoon, the elegant Tropicale rooms are the ultimate indulgence, while total privacy lies in The Cabanas.

Style: Exotic Atmosphere: Tranquil

Style: Stylish Atmosphere: Tranquil

Style: Tropical Atmosphere: Fun

Don’t leave without experiencing: • The impressive wine list at the tasteful Kata Wine Cellar, open daily from 10:30am. • Fresh local seafood and crisp cocktails by the pool from the suave @Beach Bar & Restaurant. • Eastern treatments fused with Western techniques from the serene Kanda Spa.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • A traditional Thai body rejuvenation with the ‘Harmony’ spa package at Sontaya. • A lesson in the art of Thai Cooking by the resort’s Master Chef. • Festive live music from the resident house band at the lively Bordertown Restaurant & Bar.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • One of the best resort waterslides in Phuket, an absolute hit with the kids. • Tasty nibbles under timber cabanas at the stylish poolside Azure cafe. • A pina colada in the pool from the warm and friendly staff at Terraces Pool Bar.

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NAITHON BEACH & LAGUNA BEACH HOTELS Photo: Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach

Indigo Pearl Resort Embracing Phuket’s legendary tin mining legacy, ultra modern Indigo Pearl is one of Phuket’s hottest stays, with contemporary design and a hip nightlife scene. Why we love it: A truly astounding feat of contemporary design, the modern Indigo Pearl celebrates Phuket’s rich history with sleek throwbacks. Boasting industrial-chic design, the hotel acknowledges Phuket’s legacy as a tin mining centre. Enjoy chic, gallery-like pavilions, trendy, industrial eateries decked out with vintage collectibles and the divine Coqoon SPA. Style: Industrial Atmosphere: Hip Don’t leave without experiencing: Next level Ayudthaya cuisine at the edgy Black Ginger restaurant, with live performances on Fridays. From

123*

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JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach

Set 15-kilometres north of the Phuket airport in a tropical paradise, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa introduces you to a realm of indescribable beauty.

Perched on the headland overlooking the Andaman Sea, Pullman Phuket Arcadia offers a tranquil getaway.

Why we love it: Boasting flawless service and thoughtful touches, the elegant JW Marriott features guest rooms with lustrous décor and balconies with garden, pool or sea views to provide the ultimate indulgence. For a culinary journey, there’s 11 restaurants and bars, in addition to Ginja Cook, the hotel’s premier culinary school where you can learn the intricacies of fine Thai cooking. Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Leisurely Don’t leave without experiencing: Local Thai specialties and secret recipes at Ginja Taste Thai restaurant. From

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Why we love it: With direct access to Naithon Beach, the resort brings a cosmopolitan sensibility to a seaside setting allowing guests to “check in and chill out”. With two restaurants and three bars, and an abundance of health and fitness facilities, you’ll be never short of things to do... or ways to relax. Style: Beachside-chic Atmosphere: Luxurious Don’t leave without experiencing: The mouthwatering wild salmon from the à la carte menu at Italian restaurant, Vero.

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KAMALA BEACH & EAST COAST HOTELS

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TIP: “Head to Kamala Friday Night Market to discover everything from clothing, electronics, toys and more. The best bit is the food stalls, which offer delicious local products and ready-made snacks!” Alison Foodie

Point Yamu by COMO Point Yamu by COMO is a new Phuket luxury resort located at the tip of Cape Yamu overlooking the Andaman Sea and the dramatic limestones of Phang Nga Bay. Why we love it: Interiors by designer Paola Navone offer contemporary Thai luxury, alongside a COMO Shambhala wellness retreat, in addition to a 100-metre pool, complimentary sunrise yoga, beach club, pilates and access to cultural and marine-based riches, from beach picnics to diving in Phang Nga Bay, plus two world class restaurants. Style: Oriental-chic Atmosphere: Sleek Don’t leave without experiencing: A Deep Tissue Massage at COMO Shambhala Retreat.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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157*

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Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach

Sunprime Kamala Beach Resort

Located on the west coast of Phuket on the beach at Kamala, Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach offers amazing views of the Andaman Sea.

A composed, tranquil refuge on Phuket’s stunning Kamala Beach, this heavenly resort is tailor-made for laidback travellers who yearn for a truly peaceful time out.

Why we love it: The property features Novotel’s new generation design, which includes stylish in-room features and relaxing public spaces. Take advantage of an all day dining restaurant overlooking the sea, lobby bar, pool bar, rooftop bar, swimming pool, whirlpool bath, InBalance Spa, gymnasium and even a dedicated kids area.

Why we love it: If you’re looking to wholeheartedly mellow out, the contemporary Sunprime Kamala Beach Resort is your go-to. Not one for action-seekers or boisterous kids, this is an easygoing retreat perfect for indulging in life’s little luxuries; massages by the pool, chilled wine at any time of day, and fresh seafood by the ocean. Pure. Bliss.

Style: Natural minimalist Atmosphere: Family friendly

Style: Modern Atmosphere: Chilled out

Don’t leave without experiencing: On the Roof rooftop bar boasts 180° views of Kamala Bay’s clear water surrounded by forested hills and stunning sunsets.

Don’t leave without experiencing: The catch of the day, freshly cooked beside the ocean at the open air restaurant by the sea.

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PHI PHI ISLANDS

Pretty Phi Phi captured the world’s attention back in 2000 as the set location for Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’ and remains on the bucket list of many a traveller. Despite the Hollywood hype, the Islands have maintained their incredible natural beauty and chilled out bohemian vibe. You’ll find a flurry of activity and colourful longtail boats on the main island of Phi Phi Don, next to the small sandy beaches and tropical coral seas of uninhabited Phi Phi Leh.

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LOCAL tips • A short boat ride away is Monkey Beach, a beautiful, white sand beach that backs onto jungle covered limestone cliffs. It’s home to stellar snorkelling and some very playful monkeys. • Maya Beach is the beautiful stretch of sand made famous in Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’. It’s busiest in the mornings, so if you’re not keen on crowds, book in for an afternoon tour. • If you want to relax on a quiet strip, get a boat over to Bamboo Island. It’s part of a National Marine Park and perfect for secluded sunbaking, swimming and snorkelling. • For that perfect picture postcard photo of the bays on both sides of the isthmus, head up to Phi Phi view point – a 20 minute uphill walk. • KIDS WILL LOVE: The safe swimming beaches teeming with colourful, playful fish.

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Zeavola Zeavola effortlessly fuses Thai heritage with modern elegance on Phi Phi’s northern tip. Why we love it: For a romantic getaway with an authentic Thai feel, Zeavola stakes its claim as one of Phi Phi’s most stunning retreats. Zeavola is the definition of barefoot luxury: a rural village concept with teak wood villas set in lush surrounds and the Andaman sea lapping its shores. Style: Contemporary Thai Atmosphere: Peaceful Don’t leave without experiencing: The exquisite ‘One Day In Paradise’ spa package.

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Outrigger Phi Phi Island This Outrigger escape is a fun filled hit with honeymooners and families alike. Why we love it: The Outrigger team lives up to their reputation with this well designed Phi Phi hideaway. An enchanting getaway on Loh Ba Gao Bay, it boasts charming bungalows, an ocean view pool, four bars and four restaurants, spectacular snorkelling and a luxurious Wana Spa. Style: Authentic Atmosphere: Fun Don’t leave without experiencing: The Miss and Mr Phi Phi cocktails from the Barefoot Beach Bar.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island Contemporary design meets tropical Thai flair at this beach lover’s paradise. Why we love it: While families can easily appreciate this beachfront Holiday Inn, it’s also perfect for couples, boasting a separate adults-only pool and bungalows with direct beach access. Enjoy a sunset cocktail, returning in time for the resort’s nightly entertainment. Style: Tropical Atmosphere: Romantic Don’t leave without experiencing: A crisp glass of wine at Sunset Bar – the vista is a must see!

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KRABI

There’s something almost otherworldly about Krabi. Walking through the island’s lush tropical jungle, admiring its spectacular limestone cliffs and lazing on its barely disturbed white sand beaches. With an abundance of unique flora and fauna, Krabi is also an ideal location for budding wildlife photographers.

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LOCAL tips • For some of the best rock climbing in Thailand, head to Railay Beach, where you’ll be able to scale incredible limestone cliffs. • A trip to Krabi woudn’t be complete without taking a dip in the Emerald Pools. These thermal springs are naturally warm and believed to be incredibly healing. • Book a traditional longtail boat tour with Creative Holidays and explore the surrounding islands. Make sure you look out for Kai Island (otherwise known as Chicken Island). You’ll know which one it is by the rock shaped like a rooster that sticks out of it! • Take an excursion to see the fisherman’s stilt village of Koh Panyee near James Bond Island.

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• KIDS WILL LOVE: A visit at low tide to the shell cemetery at Ban Laem Pho. It’s home to millions of fossilised mollusks and snails more than 40cm thick.

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Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort blends the dramatic beauty of Krabi with colonial French elegance. Why we love it: Rooms and suites each offer balconies overlooking gardens, sea and a sprawling pool, while an amazing 7,000 square metre swimming pool flows at the heart of the resort (the largest pool in Thailand!). When you’re not lounging, experience L’Occitane spa treatments, beachfront golf and lavish dining options. Style: French colonial Atmosphere: Romantic Don’t leave without experiencing: The signature So Exhilarating Body Massage at So SPA with L’Occitane. Pure bliss!

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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi Circled by towering palms and limestone mountains, this secluded resort features postcard perfect views, just a short drive from the main hub of Krabi. Why we love it: A leisurely drive or ferry from bustling Ao Nang, this lush hideaway boasts prime position on the beach at Pai Plong Bay. Centara Grand Beach takes full advantage of every vista, complemented by glassfronted, modish rooms and villas, private villa plunge pools and the only aquarium bar in the region. Style: Stylish Atmosphere: Secluded Don’t leave without experiencing: A glass of bubbly and a dip in your private ocean view plunge pool, exclusive to the villas.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Aonang Cliff Beach Resort Nestled in the heart of Ao Nang, this contemporary resort is a gentle blend of rejuvenation, relaxation and romance with views of the majestic limestone mountain and overlooking the pristine Andaman Sea. Why we love it: Featuring 97 spacious rooms peacefully set amongst the hilltop but only moments away from the action below, you can cool down in the saltwater pool, indulge in therapeutic massage or be whisked down to the reclining bamboo daybeds and swinging hammocks at the private beach framed by a mangrove forest and sea grass meadows. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Relaxing Don’t leave without experiencing: The bliss of a 60-minute Cinnamon Ginger Body Scrub at the Infinity Spa. From

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KHAO LAK A diver’s dreamland, the pristine region of Khao Lak on the Andaman Sea is home to some of the most immaculate reefs in the world. A popular departure point for further underwater explorations in the Similan and Surin Islands, this seaside gem also offers prime canoeing and trekking sites. Unspoilt and far from the crowded holiday destinations of other Thailand regions, Khao Lak is the perfect place to relax and relish the natural environment, where the ocean meets the thriving forest.

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LOCAL tips • Head straight to Phu Khao Lak for your first meal in this beautiful place. Located at the south end of the Khao Lak strip, the restaurant offers a huge menu of Western and Thai dishes, all cooked to perfection. • About 30-kilometres from Khao Lak you’ll come across Lampi Waterfall, a lush green space that boasts a pleasant walking trail by a stream to the fall. It’s a refreshing change from the heat of the beaches, and makes the perfect half day trip. • Go scuba diving. Or snorkelling. Either way, get in the water! It’s too beautiful not to. There are lots of dive operators in Khao Lak, but if you head into the town centre you’ll be able to shop around for a good deal. • Take a boat trip to the Similan Islands and discover crab eating monkeys perched on huge boulders that dot the above and underwater landscape. • KIDS WILL LOVE: An Elephant trek through the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world at Khao Sok National Park.

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The Sarojin From luxury amenities to thrilling activities, this awardwinning hotel has it all. Why we love it: Designed in a contemporary Asian style, The Sarojin is ideal for honeymooners, wedding parties and family groups alike. With a wide range of activities and facilities – including snorkelling, luxury boat cruises, and rejuvenating spa sessions, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a stay at this luxury resort. Style: Island-glam Atmosphere: Luxury Don’t leave without experiencing: A heavenly spa session at the secluded Pathways Spa.

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JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa Discover the treasures of Khao Lak at one of Marriott Thailand’s flagship properties. Why we love it: Each luxurious guest accommodation includes an individual balcony or terrace, while the vast landscaped grounds (featuring Southeast Asia’s longest swimming pool!) is the ideal space for families, couples and groups to relish a relaxing holiday. Style: Traditional elegance Atmosphere: Luxury Don’t leave without experiencing: A dip in the luxurious 16,000 square metre outdoor Lagoon Pool.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Khao Lak Merlin Resort Khaolak Merlin Resort is a deluxe getaway with traditional Thai-inspired style. Why we love it: Surrounded by lush tropical gardens with direct access to Khao Lak beachfront, this divine resort is nothing short of breathtaking. Each unique guestroom is decorated with traditional furnishings, while the exterior boasts four swimming pools, a children’s pool with a waterslide, and a spa pool with a jacuzzi. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Family friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: A hit of tennis on the hotel’s courts, open from 8am-7pm.

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KOH SAMUI

Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s biggest and busiest islands, yet despite this, maintains a village-like vibe. Locals still go about their daily routine of fishing and gathering coconuts, while children walk the palm-fringed roads to school each morning. A destination of opposites, humble beachside bungalows sit alongside five-star resorts, just as unassuming local eateries mix with internationally acclaimed restaurants. Choose yoga and day spas, a happening nightlife or snorkelling the clear blue seas. Whatever you choose, on Koh Samui you’ll find just the right holiday for you. Photo: Bandara Resort & Spa

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10. Nora Beach Resort 11. SALA Samui Resort & Spa 12. Six Senses Samui

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LOCAL tips • Koh Samui is a great base if you want to explore the surrounding islands. Book a yacht tour and spend a day out on the sea snorkelling and diving off the boat. • One of the best kept secrets on Koh Samui is the Na Muang Waterfalls – a majestic set of two cascades surrounded by some of the island’s most picturesque scenery. • For the freshest seafood, you can’t beat the local night markets in Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village. They’re on every Friday night from 5pm and the village has a lot more of a traditional rustic feel than busy Chaweng. • Enjoy the breathtaking panorama with a sea kayak trip between the islands of Ang Thong National Park. You’ll paddle past overhanging limestone cliffs and sea caves on the warm, clear waters and stop for a tasty lunch on a secluded white sandy beach. Simply stunning. • KIDS WILL LOVE: A coconut painting class at one of the island’s many kids’ clubs. Other activities for the little ones include treasure hunts, making sand castles, cooking classes and Thai arts and crafts.

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KOH SAMUI

A popular island known for its beauty and charm, Koh Samui is guaranteed to impress with its turquoise waters and white sand beaches.

Six Senses Samui

Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa

SALA Samui Resort & Spa

The award-winning Six Senses Samui is set on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of Samui Island, and features a number of enviable amenities.

After extensive refurbishment in 2013, the high end, waterfront Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa has re-opened its doors as a luxury Koh Samui retreat for everyone.

Perfect for couples, the heavenly SALA Samui Resort & Spa offers luxury pool villas and suites on pristine Choeng Mon beach, constructed with a blend of traditional Thai architecture and modern design.

Why we love it: The resort is made up of just 66 private villas, many with personal pools, which are landscaped within natural vegetation, sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding islands. The sustainable gem also boasts delectable fare and a world class spa with the fine reputation of the Six Senses name attached.

Why we love it: The Anantara Bophut, a welcome addition to the luxury hotel chain, shines brighter than ever since its recent revamp. With an unmissable water spa, freshly furnished, plush suites, local Koh Samui cuisine, relaxing library and bespoke, private dining, the Anantara Bophut is a gem right on the Gulf of Thailand.

Why we love it: With 69 spacious private villas and suites finished with white linen and revived timber detailing, this resort is the ultimate romantic paradise. Bathe at your leisure in your own private swimming pool, revitalise with a ‘Better Together’ couples treatment at SALA spa, or enjoy a private in-villa barbecue.

Style: Sustainable-chic Atmosphere: Intimate

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Style: Luxury Atmosphere: Romantic

Don’t leave without experiencing: • Fresh vegetables from the resort’s gardens at Dining on the Rocks Restaurant. • Yoga, Reiki, or Pilates at the Six Senses Spa. There’s also a huge list of personalised treatments to tempt you, too. • Planting a tree at the resort’s herb garden area. Become involved in the local environment and return year after year to observe your tree’s growth!

Don’t leave without experiencing: • Tableside cooking at the Full Moon chargrill restaurant that creates an innovative dining journey, with an expert salt guru offering a refined and flavour enhancing experience. • An intensely rejuvenating three-hour Journey of Siam spa treatment from Anantara Spa. • Afternoon tea or a glass of Merlot over a good book in the peaceful, mod-style Library.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • A palate pleasing wine tasting at the beachfront Wine Cellar, a must with food pairings. • A private barbeque in your own villa, with your own personal chef to do the hard work. • A private, afternoon longtail boatride to the Five Islands followed by a delicious sunset dinner at the Five Islands Restaurant.

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Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

Le Méridien Koh Samui

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui

Set amid 22 acres of lush landscaped tropical gardens, InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort rises majestically over the beautiful Taling Ngam bay.

Fusing modern, minimalist style with Southern Thai charm, this prime beachfront residence offers installation art, stunning cocktail bars and an otherworldly pier space.

An elegant, colonial-style resort in the heart of Chaweng, Centara Grand Beach offers the ulimate in island luxury. It’s perfect for couples, business travellers or the whole family.

Why we love it: Within this exclusive enclave, guests can select from just 79 Thai-inspired guestrooms, suites and villas each featuring a private balcony with incredible vistas across the famous Gulf. The Intercontinental also boasts two spectacular infinity pools and five theme-coloured pools, the holistic Baan Thai Spa, a pristine private beach and world class dining.

Why we love it: Feng shui water features, naturaltoned, plush suites and private plunge pools are just the beginning of Le Méridien Koh Samui’s indulgent features. Enjoy chic, multi-level cocktail bars by the pool, outstandingly attentive staff and an overwater pier chill out space that’s straight out of a magazine. You can just imagine yourself here can’t you?

Why we love it: This palatial resort is marked by thoughtful features, from a Camp Safari Kids’ club to the onsite Spa Cenvaree, a huge swimming pool with an outdoor jacuzzi and direct beach access. Dining adventures range from Brazilian barbeques to Japanese delicacies, and every last elegantly appointed room is complete with a jaw dropping view.

Style: Stylish Atmosphere: Serene

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Don’t leave without experiencing: • The mouthwatering sushi and sashimi at Air Bar, perched atop the cliffs, you’ll bask in spectacular 180-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand. • An Oriental Oil Massage from Baawn Thai Spa. The expert therapists use a combination of Eastern and Western techniques with pure massage oil. • The luxurious seclusion of the hotel’s private beach.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • Lounging poolside or on the private Ocean Pier and marvelling at nature’s staggering beauty. • The nightly ‘Celebration of the Day’ ceremonies, releasing good luck ‘Khom Loys’ paper lanterns into the sky. • Hiring a private yacht to cruise the crystal clear waters to fish, water ski, jet ski, snorkel, or dive.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • Some newly acquired cooking skills, with a tasty Thai cooking class run by the team. • Fluffy pastries and freshly ground espresso from the adorable, arty Piccolo cafe. • Live Brazilian music and grilled delicacies at the vibrant Zico’s restaurant.

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Chaweng Regent Beach Resort Perfect to kick back or step out in style, this tastefully designed resort is a heavenly refresher between the beach and the bustling area of Chaweng. Why we love it: You can set your own pace at this restful resort. Delve into Chaweng’s vibrant nightlife and attractions, take time out in one of two freshwater pools, enjoy sweeping ocean views, or satisfy your hunger at one of Chaweng’s most celebrated restaurants, the lively in-house Red Snapper Restaurant & Bar. Style: Contemporary Thai Atmosphere: Tranquil Don’t leave without experiencing: A holistic start to the day with complimentary yoga sessions from the resort’s instructors. From

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Chaba Cabana Beach Resort & Spa An authentically Thai-designed retreat at the northern end of Chaweng, this relaxed resort is a favourite with families and travellers wanting a breather between island escapades. Why we love it: Decked out with bold, geometric design and spacious, traditionally detailed rooms, this peaceful resort lets you holiday with your feet up. Wake up with C-Front Restaurant’s celebrated buffet breakfast, then spend quality family time in the sprawling pool before whiling the afternoon away on your own peaceful beach. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Quiet Don’t leave without experiencing: The bountiful breakfast buffet each morning. From

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Nora Beach Resort Far from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng, you’ll find your home away from home in this lush, village-style stay, a favourite for couples wanting that little extra privacy. Why we love it: Boasting gorgeous four-poster beds, outdoor showers and private pools, this secluded resort makes top-notch service its main priority. Snag a pool villa to enjoy your own private pool for midnight dips, and then sip creative cocktails and relish Thaistyle seafood on the sand, with fresh ingredients grown right at the resort. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Secluded Don’t leave without experiencing: A dip on your own time, with your own private pool, always open outside main pool hours. From

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Centara Villas Samui Centara Villas Samui, a popular first class hideaway in the far region of the island, is perfect for those wanting a scheduled escape away from the hustle and bustle. Why we love it: Nestled in a tropical environment, the resort offers 102 villas that seamlessly blend into their verdant environment and cascade down a gentle hillside to the resort’s private beach. With its enchanting tropical ambience and private beach spilling into crystal clear waters, the resort offers all the privacy and tranquility that one could desire plus the onsite Spa Cenvaree, a huge swimming pool with an outdoor jacuzzi and direct beach access. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Laid-back Don’t leave without experiencing: The succulent barbeques and themed buffets at Coral Bar & BBQ. From

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Bandara Resort & Spa A tropical combination of lush gardens, white beaches and Asian-infused interiors along with signature Thai hospitality, Bandara Resort & Spa ticks all the boxes for a chilled out retreat. Why we love it: Peace and tranquility reign supreme at this stylised Thai oasis, located amidst charming fishing villages and uncrowded beaches on the north coast of Samui. Two restaurants serve international fare in alfresco, ocean view settings, while the lounge and beach bar set a mood for seaside pleasure. Style: Tropical Atmosphere: Serene Don’t leave without experiencing: A perch on the stools to watch the expert cocktail mixologists beneath the thatched roof of Beach Bar.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Baan Samui Resort A bright and colourful retreat that makes a mockery of the mundane, with generous rooms, live music and beachside beverages just strides from Chaweng Beach. Why we love it: Sporting bold, primary colours from the big, breezy rooms to the lively Pool Side bar, this playful resort is perfect for families or couples looking for a little fun. Enjoy delicious cuisine at Moon Dance Restaurant, fun nightly entertainment, relaxing Thai massages and a menu of exciting water sports. Style: Tropical Atmosphere: Buzzing Don’t leave without experiencing: The steak corner at Moon Walk Restaurant paired with live music most nights. From

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KOH PHA NGAN You may have heard whisperings of Koh Pha Ngan – most likely from your party-loving pals, who danced the night away at the Full Moon festival. But leisure seekers, rest easy, Koh Pha Ngan also boasts many tranquil spots that are perfect for whiling away the humid days under coconut trees, book in hand. Discover just how easily entertainment and nature fuse together in this picturesque corner of Thailand.

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LOCAL tips • Take some time out from all the fun with some yoga or a massage at the Siam Healing Centre. Your body will thank you afterwards! • Head to unspoiled Bottle Beach on the North of the island. It’s secluded and simply perfect for relaxing. • Enjoy a short but challenging hike to the beautiful Nam Tok Phaeng waterfall, which is protected by a national park. You’ll feel so much more satisfied that you achieved something by the time you sip your first cocktail. • Fresh seafood, noodles, banana pancakes and mouthwatering fruit smoothies – Thong Sala’s night market has it all, and is a must for those seeking a dose of culture while devouring a cheap bite. • KIDS WILL LOVE: A boat trip to Koh Tao to look for the sea turtles that reside on its shores.

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Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa Tucked discreetly amidst the towering coconut palms of picturesque Koh Phangan, lies this unique tropical haven. Why we love it: Luxurious accommodations blend effortlessly into the breathtaking surrounds at this resort, where white sand beach stretches before your villa and pampering spa treatments come infused with traditional service. Savour days spent in your private plunge pool, indulge in a Thai cooking class or simply kick back by the beachfront infinity pool. Style: Tropical Atmosphere: Tranquil Don’t leave without experiencing: The Journey of Siam 200-minute treatment at Anantara Spa. Harness the rejuvenating qualities of exotic local ingredients. From

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Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa Lush tropical forests and private beach set the perfect backdrop for the Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa. Why we love it: Stretched over 18 acres of glorious tropical landscapes, this hotel is an all-inclusive ecochic hideaway with glorious teakwood accommodations and world renowned hospitality. Enjoy gourmet meals, cascading poolside waterfalls, luxury spa treatments or an exciting array of outdoor water activities. Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Eco-friendly Don’t leave without experiencing: A game of Coconut Pétanque. Similar to bocce but using dried coconuts. Kids and adults alike will have a ball!

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Panviman Resort Koh Phangan Located on a private peninsula overlooking Koh Phangan, this unspoiled tranquil oasis is perfect for discerning travellers looking for a break. Why we love it: With a range of accommodation catering to couples, groups and families alike, Panviman Resort guarantees to impress. Boasting 72 stylish rooms with large private balconies and lavish bathrooms, plus a variety of water sports like diving, snorkelling and kayaking on offer, you’ll never run out of things to do. Style: Thai-chic Atmosphere: Serene Don’t leave without experiencing: A relaxing session in the hotel’s swimming pool and jacuzzi, open between 8:30am–8pm. From

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BANGKOK

Every now and then you come across a city that changes you, a place that leaves a lasting impression with its sights and vibrant atmosphere. Bangkok is just that sort of place. Maybe it’s the mix of traditional Buddhist culture alongside the spirited, fast pace of the city. Or perhaps it’s the glamorous rooftop bars that look out over the bustling streets. Whatever the reason, Bangkok is one destination you’ll never forget.

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Royal Orchid Siam @ Siam Design Hotel & Spa Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok The Sukosol

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LOCAL tips • Book a day tour with Creative Holidays to see Bangkok’s floating markets for breakfast and feast on everything from coconut pancakes served hot on banana leaves, to chicken satay skewers and crispy spring rolls. Get there around 8am to avoid the crowds. • Stock up on vintage fashion at the Chatachuk Weekend Market for a fraction of what you’d pay back home, it’s where vintage clothing stores in Australia get their gear.

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• For cocktails at one of the most incredible rooftop bars in Bangkok, head to Red Sky at Centara Grand. Suspended in the sky on the 55th floor, it offers French bistro-style cuisine, foam-capped martinis and 360-degree panoramic views. • Head out to the boxing ring. Muay Thai (kick boxing) is steeped in tradition with each match being proceeded by a spiritual ceremony ‘Wai Khru’, and a dance ‘Ram Muay’, accompanied by classical instruments. • KIDS WILL LOVE: Posing for silly photos at the 3D Art in Paradise “Trickeye” museum, an interactive attraction filled with dozens of scenes.

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THINGS to do

OUR TOP 5 in Bangkok

1. Street Food & Thai Transport Discovery

The bustling, charismatic capital of Thailand, Bangkok is a cultural smorgasbord full of things to do, see, eat and enjoy.

Taste the eclectic flavours of Bangkok, by ferry, taxi, train and Tuk Tuk with a guided tour of the city’s best eating experiences. Try ‘Khao Tom’ breakfast rice soup from Bangrak Market, indulge in Thai sweets at Tha Chang Pier’s amulet market, sample Chinese pork buns in Chinatown, then fresh Thai seafood awaits at the food lover’s paradise, Sam Yan Market. We recommend light meals the day before – this one’s definitely for the foodies!

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2. Royal Grand Palace Tour Immerse yourself in Thai history with a tour of the Royal Grand Palace. Boasting exquisite Thai architecture, richly decorated holy buildings and the famous Emerald Buddha, the Palace served as the official residence of Thailand’s kings from the 18th to the mid-20th century. This detailed tour allows you to dig deeper into the mysteries of the Palace, including those of the revered Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

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Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this day tour from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi province to the Famous bridge and the beginning of the ‘Death Railway’. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and the War Cemetery, the final resting place for over 6,000 allied P.O.W. then enjoy a scenic long-tail boat trip along Maeklong River to the famous Bride over the River Kwai. After lunch board the local train for the thrilling ride across wooden viaducts, which offers fantastic scenery along the Kwai River.

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5. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Cultural Show Get a full dose of Thai culture on this colourful day trip, starting with the famous floating market, Damnoen Saduak, 110 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. Admire the world’s highest stupa at Nakhon Pathom and enjoy a buffet lunch at the picturesque Sampran Riverside resort. A cultural show starts every afternoon with Thai folk dancing, Thai boxing, sword fighting and an incredible elephant performance.

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Take the opportunity to experience three of the most unique temples in Bangkok on this comprehensive tour. Admire the striking three metre tall Golden Buddha image at Wat Traimit – a gleaming figure of solid gold. At Wat Pho, you'll observe the largest reclining Buddha image in Thailand, before finally heading to Wat Benchamabophit – a fine modern Thai temple constructed from white Carrara marble with ornate crossbeams decorated with lacquer and gold.


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BANGKOK HOTELS

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Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok Bangkok’s most luxurious suites await you at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. Why we love it: Make yourself at home in one of Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok’s 303 luxury rooms and relax in the hotel’s lush garden and saltwater pool, which creates a unique resort-like atmosphere in the city centre. Indulge yourself in a variety of leisure facilities, including yoga, Muay Thai and spa treatments, while being pampered with world renowned Thai hospitality. Style: Opulent Atmosphere: Exclusive Don’t leave without experiencing: The signature Thai Fragrant Pork Skewers with Siam Spices at Niche restaurant.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Royal Orchid This riverside retreat is perfect for travellers seeking a city adventure with the means to call a time out. Why we love it: Far removed from Bangkok’s bustling centre, this state-of-the-art Sheraton installment is the perfect urban oasis on the edges of the city. Arise each day from your divine Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed to panoramic river views, four award-winning restaurants and family friendly leisure facilities including two swimming pools, a spa, tennis court and complimentary shuttle ferry. Style: Luxury Atmosphere: Peaceful Don’t leave without experiencing: The complimentary shuttle ferry to Saphan Taksin BTS station.

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BANGKOK

A city of extremes with action at every turn, Bangkok is guaranteed to impress with its gleaming buildings, bustling streets and haute cuisine. Check out these gems that will act as the perfect base for your Bangkok adventure.

Centara Grand at CentralWorld

Pathumwan Princess Hotel

Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Bangkok

An eye-popping part of the Bangkok skyline, this ultra-modern hotel features 505 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites (including deluxe rooms great for families), setting itself apart as one of the largest in the Asia Pacific region.

An award-winning luxury hotel with distinctive refurbishments, the Pathumwan Princess is a happening indulgence that’s perfect for active travellers.

Hip, arty interiors with bold, modern furnishings and first class facilities set Siam@Siam apart, located in Bangkok’s lively centre.

Why we love it: Located within CentralWorld’s vast leisure complex in Bangkok’s bustling CBD, this super-chic, high-rise is one for the city slickers. A towering skyscraper with opulent, ritzy suites and eight happening dining spots, Centara Grand is the place to be seen, especially after hours at the uberhip Red Sky rooftop bar. Style: Luxury-chic Atmosphere: Buzzing Don’t leave without experiencing: • Furious retail therapy at the CentralWorld complex, literally on your doorstep. • A pulse-racing morning class at the Aerobics Studio to wake up your body. • A crisp martini at the must see Red Sky bar on the 55th floor, with staggering 360 degree views over the city.

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Why we love it: Set in the heart of the bustling city centre, it’s a hip, urban oasis, close to fabulous shopping and vibrant nightlife. The friendly staff are always happy to share insider tips, and if you’d rather opt for a relaxing night in, there’s a smorgasbord of sleek, innovative bars and restaurants on offer.

Why we love it: This centrally located, chic hotel celebrates the impact of innovative design on a unique city stay. With its modern art and industrial touches, Siam@Siam combines modernity with luxury in the heart of Bangkok. Enjoy tailored treatments at Spa 10, a memorable infinity pool, and happening drinking and dining spots with staggering panoramic vistas.

Style: Sophisticated Atmosphere: Relaxed

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Don’t leave without experiencing: • A private dining room at Konhju Korean Grill where you can sample some of the fifty Kim Chi varieties. • A rejuvenating Zen Na Tai treatment at the Tantara Health Spa. • Cocktail Night at the STUDiO BAR, attracting movers and shakers every Sunday and Monday.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • A sunset glass of champagne at The Roof Champagne & Wine Bar overlooking the city. • Spa 10’s signature ‘SIB’ treatment, where you can customise your own massage. • At least one live performance at Party House One, with interiors inspired by New York lofts.

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Amari Watergate Bangkok

The Sukosol

Indra Regent Hotel

Whether you’re writing business proposals or kicking off a Thai holiday, this lavish hotel boasts top class facilities, mere steps (or a tuk tuk) from downtown Bangkok’s main attractions.

Recently renovated and rebranded, the beautifully finished, colonial meets art deco-style Sukosol offers family friendly luxury accommodation without breaking the Bangkok budget.

A stay here is everything you’d expect when visiting Thailand. Located on Rajaprarop Road, this authentically styled hotel is a perfect place to fully experience the country’s ancient traditions.

Why we love it: Tasteful moments of Thai authenticity pepper this modern abode. Amari Watergate offers indulgent relaxation between sightseeing, with opulent suites, an elegant Breeze Spa & Salon, plus seriously hip bars and restaurants close to Siam Paragon, CentralWorld and Platinum Shopping Mall.

Why we love it: Walking distance from Bangkok’s famous temples, markets and snap-happy attractions, the sleek, colonial interiors of the Sukosol are a welcome retreat after a day of sightseeing. With spacious, swanky suites, fine dining, art deco-inspired cocktails and live jazz, afternoon tea sessions and a seriously impressive antique collection, you’ll make a glamorous home in this hospitable haven.

Why we love it: You’ll easily forget you’re in the heart of a metropolis at the Indra Regent. Explore rich Thai traditions within the hotel’s walls, from the classic architecture flanking the pool to the 13th-century teak pavilion Thai restaurant. At the hotel’s doorsteps are great shopping bargains from its very own shopping arcade to vibrant outdoor market nearby.

Style: Plush Atmosphere: Calm Don’t leave without experiencing: • Sweet treats and espresso coffee from the hip, open air Cascade cafe, the hotel’s latest addition. • A spa treatment matched to your mood. Try a Signature Mood Massage from Breeze Spa. • Straight up fun with American-style Tex-Mex cuisine and cocktails until late at Henry J. Bean’s Bar and Grill.

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Style: Colonial Atmosphere: Relaxed Don’t leave without experiencing: • The learn-to-swim classes on Saturdays or Sunday, perfect for the little ones. • A hands-on Thai Massage class, so you can keep everyone relaxed on the trip. • Tapas, live jazz and cocktails at the Art Decostyle Sapphire Bar.

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Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Quiet Don’t leave without experiencing: • The classical Thai dance performance with live instrumental music while dining at Sala Thai Restaurant, set in a 13th-century teak pavilion. • A traditional Thai or Aromatherapy massage from Spa Indra. • Omelettes the way you like them at the breakfast buffet at Botanica.

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BelAire Bangkok A boutique, minimalist-inspired hotel perfect for the modern traveller, BelAire Bangkok offers every last creature comfort, from the Blue Poolside Bar to multiple restaurants and a relaxing Sukavadee Spa. Why we love it: Sitting on Bangkok’s busy Sukhumvit Road, with a Skytrain station minutes away, this boutique city hotel masters the art of balancing business and leisure. Take time to unwind at the pool bar, fit in a gym session or ask friendly staff about local secrets. It’s perfect for everyone from families to business travellers. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Tranquil Don’t leave without experiencing: Your first try at creating Tom Yam soup from scratch. Take a Thai cooking class with the chefs.

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Novotel on Siam Square Centrally located on Bangkok’s famous Siam Square, this award-winning Novotel hotel is a top choice for business travellers, adventuring couples or the whole family. Why we love it: With quality service, well-appointed rooms and prime tourist hot spots right at your doorstep, the Novotel is a perfect choice for the seasoned traveller. Expect a plethora of highlights, including 423 stylish rooms, a well-equipped gym and sauna, poolside snacks and cocktails, conference and meeting facilities, lively bars and restaurants, and little details that’ll make you feel at home. Style: Modern Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: Cocktails, snacks and a refreshing swim at Splash Poolside, with 2-for-1 drinks from 4pm to 6pm. From

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Bandara Suites Silom A modern gem in the maze of Silom, close to Skytrains and tuk tuks, Bandara Suites Silom is a chic, well-priced haven to start and end each Bangkok day. Why we love it: Hidden away down a quiet street in happening Silom, this 27-storey hotel offers up classy, generous suites in the heart of the action, without breaking the bank. Before hitting the Silom nightlife, enjoy two hotel pools, an all day restaurant, wine bar with lounge, fitness centre and arom:D spa. Style: Chic Atmosphere: Happening Don’t leave without experiencing: A tasting of wines by the glass (or the bottle) from the sleek Chin Chin Wine Bar and Lounge.

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Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok Award-winning restaurants, expansive, plush rooms and complimentary goodies are just the tip of the luxurious iceberg at Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, a family friendly treat amidst the city’s hottest real estate. Why we love it: There’s true artistry afoot at the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, with tasteful interiors, superb service and a welcome ambience on bustling Sukhumvit Road. With well-appointed rooms, a sunny outdoor pool, a range of activities and the certified best Indian restaurant in Thailand, you and the family can set your own pace. Style: Tasteful Atmosphere: Peaceful Don’t leave without experiencing: A comprehensive, fun filled sightseeing tour, booked right at the tour desk.

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Asia Hotel Bangkok A long kept secret, the word is out on Asia Hotel Bangkok, an ideally located hotel with superb service, first class facilities and some of the best local knowledge around. Why we love it: You’ll have to drag yourself away from the tennis court, jacuzzi, massage facilities, swimming pools, shopping arcade and gym, as well as internationally diverse restaurants and happening bars. Asia Hotel Bangkok makes for a well-stocked retreat, located close to all the hot spots on your holiday bucket list. Style: Tasteful Atmosphere: Lively Don’t leave without experiencing: One of Bangkok’s best Chinese restaurants, Great Wall, serving Dim Sum for lunch and dinner.

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

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Grand China Hotel Perfect for those who thrive on bright lights and big cities, this modern, executive-style hotel boasts prime position in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown, with international cuisine and must see panoramic views. Why we love it: Occupying 18 floors of the 25-story Grand China Trade Tower, this business-district hotel is perfect for adventure seekers wanting prime proximity to the fast paced city centre. Refresh between Chinatown escapades with Asian fusion cuisine, city view terrace pool and 360-degree revolving restaurant. Style: Contemporary Atmosphere: Lively Don’t leave without experiencing: A soothing swim high above the city streets at the rooftop pool, with eye-popping views from the deck. From

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HUA HIN

Just outside Bangkok sits the endearing seaside resort of Hua Hin. Combining fishing village serenity with all the trimmings of luxury tourism, it has everything you need for some much deserved down time. While many other parts of Thailand’s mainland are built for the masses, Hua Hin has remained true to its traditional roots. Walk its long white sandy beaches and you’ll stumble across local shops, night markets, cafés and seafood restaurants.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin A former 1920s colonial-style railway hotel, the luxury beachfront Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas combines five-star flair with historical authenticity. Why we love it: This elegant resort maintains historic charm, from colonial architecture to the idyllic Railway Restaurant. Boasting outdoor dining and its own golf course, this resort expertly combines modern creature comforts with a touch of the past. Style: Elegant Atmosphere: Charming Don’t leave without experiencing: Cocktails served with sunset views at the open air Palm Terrace. From

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LOCAL tips • Pay a visit to Pala-U Waterfall, an 11-tier waterfall surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna. There’s a large, deep pool on the third tier that’s perfect for swimming in. • Hua Hin has a reputation for having the best seafood in Thailand. Try some for yourself at one of the waterside restaurants on the pier. • Try horse riding down the beautiful beach to the charming village of Khao Tao. Both beginners and experts are catered for at the Hua Hin Horse Club.

Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa Situated on the shores of the beach, this seaside resort is amid popular local attractions, yet tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Featuring spacious guest rooms with some offering breathtaking ocean views, direct access to the beach and unique dining options. Why we love it: Overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, this resort is located in the heart of the royal town close to numerous local sights and only 2-hour drive and 45-minute flight from Bangkok. Style: Urban Atmosphere: Classy

• Visit a Royal Pavillion in the middle of a jungle cave at stunning Khao Sam Roi Yot, Thailand’s first coastal National Park.

Don’t leave without experiencing: Admire Hua Hin’s gorgeous beach with a speciality cocktail from the bar.

• KIDS WILL LOVE: The amusement park at Santorini Park Cha-Am, an intriguing out-of-place Greek-inspired zone with shops, restaurants and more.

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PATTAYA

Once a quiet fishing village, Pattaya is now one of the most popular resort spots in Southeast Asia. Covering a beautiful strip of coastline in the Gulf of Thailand, it boasts an array of different accommodation options alongside great shopping, picturesque beaches and fun water sports. While Pattaya offers something for everyone, it’s particularly famous for its nightlife. Bars and clubs line the beach, and when the sun goes down, the night sky is illuminated with neon club lights.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort A futuristic, ultra-contemporary resort on the shores of Wong Amat in North Pattaya, this striking beachfront stay attracts fun-loving broods wanting some quality family time. Why we love it: Overseeing lush, palm-dotted grounds and a private beachfront this resort is themed around a ‘Lost World’ concept, with fun waterslides, a lazy river and an oceanfront spa village. Style: Novelty Atmosphere: Fun

*All prices based on per person, per night twin share rates. Terms and conditions apply (please see page 57).

Don’t leave without experiencing: A float through the resort via the slow moving, lazy river. From

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LOCAL tips • About seven kilometres off the coast of Pattaya is Koh Lan – a small island that’s the perfect day trip for those who want to unwind on one of six idyllic beaches. • Head to the Hard Rock Hotel on a Saturday night from 9.30pm for Pattaya’s infamous foam party. It takes place in the hotel’s enormous freeform pool, surrounded by a man-made beach. • Forget having to decide between the beach and shopping. CentralFestival Pattaya Beach is the biggest beachfront mall in Asia, complete with international boutiques like Zara, Topshop and Calvin Klein. • Work on your while you soak up the sun at one of Pattaya’s 20+ golf courses. • KIDS WILL LOVE: The paddle boats and elephant rides at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Cultural Village – a garden and theme park rolled into one.

The Bayview Pattaya Equal parts urban adventure and seaside escape, this 260-room boutique hotel claims sweeping views across Pattaya Bay and the city. Why we love it: Uninterrupted ocean panoramas, a prime location and top-notch facilities make this one of Pattaya’s best urban retreats. Enjoy daiquiris in the garden, massage pavilions, pool bars and outdoor jacuzzis, all before heading into town to explore Pattaya’s shopping, cinemas and entertainment. Style: Urban Atmosphere: Lively Don’t leave without experiencing: A revitalising jacuzzi under the stars, with a chilled glass of bubbly. From

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CHIANG MAI If you’re a culture-vulture who’s after an intrepid jaunt, Chiang Mai is your kind of place. Thailand’s ‘rose of the north’ is a fertile region of rainforest, waterfalls and rivers, and pulses with a sense of adventure. From elephant trekking through the jungle, river rafting, dune buggy driving, and ziplining through the rainforest, you’re sure to find an activity to satiate any thrill-seeking appetite. Add to that the city’s fascinating dichotomy of ancient and contemporary Thai culture, and you’ll soon understand why Chiang Mai is atop many travellers’ bucket lists.

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Map is offered as a guide only. See creativeholidays.com for further details and up-to-date information.

LOCAL tips • One of the best ways to explore Chiang Mai is by bicycle. Hire one from one of the many shops in the central moat area, and expect to pay around 50 baht per day. • Every Sunday from 4pm is the Walking Street Markets (or the Sunday Market). It’s a Chiang Mai institution where you can buy local art, handicrafts and freshly cooked food, while enjoying live entertainment.

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• Don’t leave Chiang Mai without trying the regions food. Khao Soi is one of the local specialities – it’s a delicious blend of yellow egg noodles served in a yellow curry with cabbage, chilli and meat. • Plan your holiday to coincide with Yi Peng, a full moon festival when thousands of paper sky-lanterns (khom loi) are released into the sky. • KIDS WILL LOVE: The Owner for a Day Elephant program where they’ll learn about caring for these intelligent and beautiful creatures. They’ll even learn about elephant skin care and bath an elephant in the river.

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THINGS to do

OUR TOP 10

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The largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai hosts an abundance of enriching activities.

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1. Elephant Ride & Bamboo Raft Tour After winding around picturesque roads high above the Mae Ping River, you'll arrive at the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp, home of the majestic creatures that call the region home. Take a ride through the lush forest scenery perched high in a wooden howdah, admiring the impressive views along the way, before taking a leisurely bamboo raft trip down the Mae Ping.

2. City & Temples Tour During this comprehensive half day tour, you'll visit Waroros Market, Chiang Mai’s largest fresh market, and a collection of the city's magnificent temples (to date, there have been some 300 temples constructed in Chiang Mai and its outskirts!) including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Suan Dok and Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in Chiang Mai.

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3. Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle Embark on a leisurely drive to the northern town of Chiang Rai, stopping along the way at the hot springs of Mae Kajan. Continue on to Mae Sai, located at the border between Thailand and Myanmar, where you'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to the Golden Triangle, where the countries of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand converge at the Mekong river. Proceed to Chiang Saen for a visit to the national museum and Wat Chedi Luang temple.

4. Hmong Doi Pui Village & Doi Suthup Temple Tour Visit golden Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 3,280 feet on this remarkable tour made for culture vultures. Continue to the Hmong village of Doi Pui, where the hill people make a living by selling handicrafts, fabrics and curious decorative ornaments. Remember to pack your walking shoes as to reach the temple itself, you'll embark on a climb up a Naga staircase of 290 steps!

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5. Golden Triangle Trek Discover the villages and lifestyles of the local people on this three-day Golden Triangle trek. After reaching Thatorn, you'll depart by local motorboat for a three-hour journey down the Kok River, before arriving at the Lahu Village for your overnight. Start Day Two with a hike and waterfall visit, before enjoying an elephant ride and settling in for your overnight at Akha Village. Day Three is spent travelling to Chiang Saen, located in the Golden Triangle, where you'll feast at a local restaurant before continuing on to Chiang Mai with a stop at the hot springs on the way! 50 — Thailand

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6. Chiang Mai by Night Cycle Ride This excursion is perfect for family and friends who want to enjoy an easy 20-km ride with snack breaks and beautiful sightseeing to discover Chiang Mai after dark. You’ll go on a magical tour of Chiang Mai. This old city never sleeps as you ride through small back roads and alleyways to see the lives of its people. Some fun starts just after the sun sets, from a tranquil park where locals practice Tai Chi for their exercise, ancient temples where their golden spires illuminate at night, to a night market with various types of delicious local food, you will discover the charm of this ancient city like no other.

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Choose from five different one-day courses at The Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School, designed to allow students to learn all the hands-on tips and tricks for creating traditional Thai food. Discover traditional methods of cooking, learn all about local ingredients and practice your skills with the help of the Englishspeaking teachers. You'll even receive a free recipe book that contains meals from all of the courses.

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8. Lost Cities of Lanna Perfect for the archeology lovers and history buffs, this tour will see you visiting the ruins of two ancient cities, each with its own story of glory and downfall. Visit Wiang Kum Kam, the 'underground' city that's still being excavated, before heading to Lamphun, the former capital of the Haripunchai Kingdom. Here, you'll enjoy wonderful rural countryside along the Ping River, before continuing to Wiang Takan, an even older city steeped in history and culture.

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There's no better way to explore the old quarter of Chiang Mai than on foot. Within the walls of the historic area are more than thirty Buddhist temples, connected by charming narrow lanes with quiet residential areas that cannot be accessed by vehicles. On this walking tour you'll pass some of the most interesting temples and visit the recently opened Lanna Folk Life Museum. The total walking distance is roughly five kilometres, so pack your comfy shoes!

10. BBQ Dinner & Hmong Cultural Presentation

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The Hmong Hilltribe Lodge is located 850-metres above sea level and plays host to this authentic experience. Take time to indulge in a massage alongside rice paddies, take a tour through the resort grounds or a walk to one of the nearby Hilltribe villages before indulging in a hearty buffet dinner. Take in authentic performances that provide a small glimpse into the lives and traditions of the Hmong Hilltribe people, and then settle in at the cosy bar to watch and sing along with a local villager who has been coming here almost every night for the past twenty years. Thailand — 51


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CHIANG MAI

For cultural enlightenment and action-packed adventure, there’s no better place to be than Chiang Mai.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa

Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa is guaranteed to ease your mind and soothe every weary muscle in your globetrotting body.

A bright, modern hotel nestled beside the famous downtown Night Bazaar, the resort stands as a stark contrast to 700-year old Chiang Mai.

Why we love it: The strikingly modern combination of timber and glass throughout the awe-inspiring interiors make for a sleek finish, while the spacious bathrooms, contemporary décor and traditional Thai fabrics will leave you feeling as though you’ve just entered paradise. When you’re not washing away the remnants of your busy day in the deep terrazzo tub, let expert therapists work their magic at the Spa, or indulge in one of the various world class dining options.

Why we love it: The design and architecture of Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection is based on Lanna traditions and customs, while the pleasant landscape consists of ancient mythological trees and flowers from Thai culture. This, paired with the luxury rooms featuring modern facilities makes the hotel a unique place to stay.

Style: Modern Atmosphere: Luxury Don’t leave without experiencing: • A rejuvenating facial from the experts at the Anantara Spa. • A revitalising yoga session in the sleekly designed fitness centre. • A mouthwatering homemade ice cream or sorbet at The Restaurant.

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Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Scenic Don’t leave without experiencing: • A day by the exotic lagoon style pool with a kids area, three islands, and sun lounges. • A rejuvenating steam spa service with the scents of the traditional Lanna culture, at the SPA Cenvaree. • A visit to Boo Sang (Umbrella Village) to watch teams of craft workers build umbrellas by hand.

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Imperial Mae Ping Decked out with Lanna décor, the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel brings lavish living to the heart of Chiang Mai, setting itself apart with a blend of old and new world luxuries. Why we love it: Surrounded by historic locales and vibrant local evening markets, the Imperial Mae Ping is perfect for travellers seeking a stylish stay with Northern Thai authenticity. A sleek high-rise with heart, it features comprehensive conference and exhibition facilities, a range of bars and restaurants, two swimming pools, a fitness room, and the onsite Imperial Spa. Style: Traditional Atmosphere: Relaxed Don’t leave without experiencing: • A well earned holiday “cheers” with an ice cold beverage in the sunny, open air beer garden. • A spot of culture or a trip down the Mar Ping, with plenty of tours leaving from the hotel. • Pre-evening market cocktails at the classy Rendez-vous Lobby Lounge on the ground floor.

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U Chiang Mai

Holiday Inn Chiangmai

Royal Princess

U Chiang Mai is an enchanting little secret in Chiang Mai’s old town, this boutique jewel balances tradition and Thai culture with tasteful, modern finishes.

Located on the Mae Ping River, this 25-storey Holiday Inn boasts the largest guestrooms in Chiang Mai, with some of the friendliest hotel hospitality in the region.

Elegant décor, spacious rooms, personalised service and the Night Bazaar on your doorstep make this intimate hotel a great option for travellers on the go.

Why we love it: Sporting authentic Thai décor throughout 41 plush Lanna-inspired rooms, this boutique hotel celebrates the art of pampering. Guests will love the extensive menu at U Spa, embracing the most effective Asian and European styles of massages. Other highlights include the ‘Eat’ restaurant, ‘Drink’ open air bar, reading room, gym, spa and hotel pool.

Why we love it: Sitting on the banks of the grand Mae Ping River, it offers stunning views from the well-appointed guestrooms and Executive Lounge. Enjoy delicious dim sum at the famous China Palace restaurant, a cool outdoor swimming pool, and complimentary Hotel Wi-Fi and shuttle service to the nearby Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

Why we love it: A royal gem in the heart of the city, this well-located retreat boasts tasteful design and a gateway to the region’s stunning scenery, arts and crafts. Day trips and cultural excursions can be easily arranged by the friendly staff, and the mod-style outdoor pool, mini gym, and classic Thaidecorated eateries are perfect for a holiday night in.

Style: Chic Atmosphere: Idyllic

Style: Tasteful Atmosphere: Family friendly

Don’t leave without experiencing: • The Northern Thai dishes at the panoramic River Terrace, with delicious views over the city. • Relaxing by the picture perfect pool (and a noodle dish straight to your lounges!). • Benefits of the exclusive Executive Lounge, including stunning views, long-stay guestrooms and a Shabu Shabu buffet.

Don’t leave without experiencing: • The laidback Lobby Bar for a round of drinks and live sets from resident musicians. • The rich heritage of the immediate surrounds: ask the staff about local tours. • A debrief on the day’s events over Asian-fusion cuisine at the bright Garden Café.

Style: Boutique Atmosphere: Peaceful Don’t leave without experiencing: • The hotel’s Resident’s Lounge, occupying the former residence of Chiang Mai’s governor. • A retreat to the delightful reading room, packed with literature on Chiang Mai’s history. • The personalised U Choose program, where guests can select their own pillow, soap, tea selection, iPod music and more prior to arrival.

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Room Service: Limited (L) or 24-hr (24)

Jacuzzi or Sauna

Breakfast Included

24

Swim-up Pool Bar

Internet or Wi-Fi: Free (F) or Fee Payable (P)

Swimming Pool: Indoor (I) or Outdoor (O)

Shop

F

Internet or Wi-Fi: Free (F) or Fee Payable (P)

Business Centre

In-house Movies

Laundry Service (L) or Coin Laundry (C)

Centara Villas Samui

151

Television

Elevator

L

35

Dining, cafés & bars

Leisure & Recreation

Newspapers

Parking: Free (F) or Fee Payable (P)

3

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui

Air Conditioning (A) or Fan Cooled (F)

Shuttle Bus

Page Number or Online (O)

Map reference

24

Bandara Resort & Spa

4

Room Features

Reception: Limited (L) or 24-hr (24)

Hotel Features

Kitchenette

HOTEL FEATURES GRID

C

C

C

C

• C •

C

• •

KOH PHA NGAN (map on page 36) Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa

1

37

5

64

Panviman Resort Koh Phangan

2

37

4

72

Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

3

37

5

99

V

24

F

L

F

24

A

24

F

L

F

L

A

24

F

L

F

L

A

F

O

1

1

F

O

1

2

C

F

O

1

2

0

R

2

4

1

3

1

C

H

BANGKOK (map on page 39) Amari Watergate Bangkok

1

43 4.5 569

24

L

F

24

A

F

O

Asia Hotel Bangkok

2

45

3 601

24

F

L

P

24

A

P

O

Bandara Suites Silom

3

44

4 190

24

F

F

24

A

F

O

1

1

BelAire Bangkok

4

44

4 152

24

F

L

F

L

A

F

O

2

1

Centara Grand at CentralWorld

5

42

5 505

24

F

L

P

24

A

Grand China Hotel

6

45

3 155

24

F

L

F

24

A

P

O

F

O

P

O

F

O

• •

Indra Regent Hotel

7

43

4 455

24

F

L

P

L

A

Novotel on Siam Square

8

44

4 423

24

F

L

P

24

A

F

L

F

24

A

F

O

F

L

F

24

A

F

O

F

24

A

P

O

A

F

O

Pathumwan Princess Hotel

9

42 4.5 455

24

Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok

10

45

4 407

24

Royal Orchid

11

41

5 726

24

F

L

Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Bangkok

12

42 4.5 203

24

F

L

F

24

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

13

41

5 303

24

F

V

L

F

24

The Sukosol

14

43 4.5 500

24

F

L

F

24

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

1

46

5 207 V

24

F

L

P

24

Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

2

46

4 296

24

F

L

P

24

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort

1

47

5 555

24

F

L

P

The Bayview Pattaya

2

47

4 260

24

F

P

F F

A

A

A

A

C •

1

1

2

2

1

2

3

1

2

2

1

1

5

1

5

2

4

3

4

2

3

1

5

1

• C

C

C

C

F

O

F

O

P

O

1

1

1

P

O

3

5

1

P

O

1

5

P

O

1

1

F

O

P

O

C

C C C

• H

• C

HUA HIN

C

C

PATTAYA 24

24

A

24

A

24

A

24

A

F

O

F

O

F

O

F

O

• 1

CHIANG MAI (map on page 49) Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa

1

52

5

84

24

F

L

Holiday Inn Chiangmai

2

53

4 526

24

F

L

Imperial Mae Ping

3

52

4 371

24

F

L

Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection

4

52

4

24

F

Royal Princess

5

53 3.5 198

24

U Chiang Mai

6

53

24

4

85

41

F

L

F

L

A

L

P

24

A

L

F

24

A

• •

2

1

1

2

2

3

2

2

C

2

2

C

1

1

C

• •

1

C •

C •

Pricing and hotel features grids are offered as a guide only and may be subject to variation or change. All facilities may not be available in every room category. Please see creativeholidays.com for a more up-to-date list of hotel features. Firm pricing can be determined and quoted at the time the booking is made.

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Images: Featured hotel images may not relate to the lead in room category and therefore not represent the room type allocated for your booking. Pricing: ‘From’ pricing is offered as a guide only and, unless otherwise stated, per person, twin share on a lead in room category/service level for the 2015 low season travel period. Prices are confirmed and guaranteed only when a booking is made and may differ from the brochure or Site ‘from’ price and any quote.

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